Yes. I think there is a kernel of truth to this.
Among how many thousands? I don’t know. But it is sad.
Who needs the LDS prophet or apostles to tell you to stay away from hateful, bigoted Protestant ministers when you have New York Time’s bestselling author, Stephenie Meyer?
I read her first book, Twilight (Little, Brown and Company, 2005).
The wise and loving vampire, Carlisle, had a dastardly dad:
He was the only son of an Anglican pastor. His mother died giving birth to him. His father was an intolerant man. As the Protestants came into power, he was enthusiastic in his persecution of Roman Catholics and other religions. He also believed very strongly in the reality of evil. He led hunts for witches, werewolves . . . and vampires.
They burned a lot of innocent people — of course the real creatures that he sought were not so easy to catch (331).
But for all the teen fan clubs, who are currently jumping with joy in anticipation of the new movie series, let me just add this word of caution (even though it is from one of those stereotyped unloving, uncaring Protestant ministers): Even though the vampire and “god-like creature” Edward can stare at Bella night after night in her bedroom and never engage in premarital sex, don’t test this out with your boyfriend. The Bible honestly shares how guys do struggle with a sinful nature. They might be dazzling in the sun to you, but they need a Savior to save them from their sinful natures. Their own resilient free agency is not even close to being the main answer. It is the Christ.
And when you watch the upcoming movies, don’t forget this movie of 2007, Amazing Grace. Some Protestant ministers like John Newton recognized their sinful natures and put the emphasis where it belongs . . . on divine grace. Secondly, not all Anglicans are bad. Think of William Wilberforce.
It is good to think outside the box in the I-15 LDS corridor.
May God grant to each of you a warm and loving Christmas.
Pastor Todd Wood (Berean Baptist Church, Ammon, Idaho)